Graded relatively flat by glacial meltwater running out over the coastal plain to the ocean 75 miles away when the landmass that would become Nantucket was nothing more than a wide, low ridge of sand, gravel and glacial erratics (boulders), Smooth Hummocks is Nantucket’s version of the Midwest’s prairies complete with rare wildflowers and grasses that thrive in sandy, nutrient-poor soil.
These so-called sandplain grasslands number less than 2,000 acres on the planet today and are protected as nesting habitat for the short-eared owl, studied by botanists, entomologists, used by island students for their ecology coursework and burned by the Nantucket Islands Land Bank for plant research and invasive species control. Smooth Hummocks is a fascinating island ecosystem with many things to teach us.
This hike costs $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Check the Hike Calendar to see when we are hiking the Smooth Hummocks trail and to book it. To arrange for a private hike on this route, call or email us for our rates and to discuss your hiking needs.
Biking to this hike?
Get $5 OFF the cost of the hike when you meet us there by bike or bus! (Use promo code TRAILHEAD during checkout). The nearest NRTA/The WAVE shuttle bus stop is too far from the trailhead for this hike to be practical. Bikers interested in meeting us at the trailhead should follow the route from downtown to the Smooth Hummocks area by clicking here. The trailhead is 3.7 miles from the Milestone Rotary.
Taking the shuttle to this hike?
Get $5 OFF the cost of the hike when you meet us there (use promo code TRAILHEAD at checkout)! To take the NRTA/The WAVE shuttle bus to the Smooth Hummocks trailhead, take the Miacomet route and get off at the “Raceway Drive/Somerset Lane” stop. At this intersection, go left down Somerset Road, following it 3/4 of mile as it eventually takes a right-angle left turn, and then a right-angle right turn to become a dirt road. The trailhead is located at the dirt parking lot on the left, after the golf course. This bus route operates May 23-Oct. 10, 2016.
Logging your steps.
If you’re counting your steps with a fitness/activity tracker, this hike offers around 3,500 steps.